Assessment Dates to Remember

January 1
The effective date of the current year assessment.

March 15, 2016
Applications for the Business Property Tax Credit must be delivered to the Assessor's Office by closing time of this date for the credit to be applied to the January 1, 2015 assessment year. The deadline for filing the application for the January 1, 2016 assessment year is July 1, 2016

Applications received in the Assessor's Office after closing time and applications filed electronically after 11:59:59 pm on March 15 will be considered a claim for the following year

April 2 - April 25 Inclusive
Request for an informal review of the assessment based upon one or more of the grounds specified by the Code of Iowa for protesting the assessment. Requests may be made by telephone, mail, electronic medium or in person to the Assessor's Office.

April 2 - April 30 Inclusive
Protest of Assessment Period for Filing a protest to the Local Board of Review
May 1 Through Adjournment
The Board of Review meets each year.

October 9 - October 31 Inclusive
Protest period for filing with Board of Review on those properties affected by changes in value as a result of the Director of Revenue and Finance Equalization Orders (odd numbered years).

July 1
Homestead Credit

The deadline for filing the application for homestead credit is July 1 of the assessment year the credit will be applied. One time filing is provided, by statute, unless the property owner:

  1. Has purchased a new or existing home and is occupying the property as a homestead as of July 1
  2. No longer occupies the property for 6 months
  3. No longer holds title to the property

Military Exemption

The deadline for filing the application for military credit is July 1 of the assessment year the credit will be applied. One time filing is provided, by statute, unless the property owner

  1. Moves and wishes to transfer the exemption to the new property.
  2. Becomes a resident of a state other than Iowa

Eligibility – DD-214 Discharge papers must be recorded in the county where the exemption is to be applied.

  1. Served full-time active duty during war time.
  2. Performed at least 18 months of military service, regardless of the time period and honorably discharged,
  3. Performed less than 18 months of military service and honorably discharged because of a service related injury.
  4. Former or current member of the United States Reserves and Iowa National Guard who completed a minimum of 20 years
  5. Unmarried widow of a qualified veteran
Additional Exemptions and Credits
Please see the Exemptions and Credits page to see a list of available exemptions and credits